Stay the Night: A Novel of the Darkyn
Onyx, 2009 (2009)
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Reviewed by Martina Bexte
ver the course of seven hundred years, Robin of Locksley has eluded the authorities who'd hunted him in England as well as law enforcement officials worldwide. The Prince of Thieves' luxurious high-rise Atlanta penthouse is indeed a testament to his skill and cunning, filled with dozens of priceless treasures he's added to his collection over the course of centuries.
ederal agent Chris Renshaw is determined to nab the elusive art thief her law enforcement counterparts have dubbed
. To that end, she's gone undercover at an Atlanta art museum where the priceless
Maiden's Book of Hours
is on display under heavy guard, in the hope that it will be the
that finally captures
. But when others with unbelievable powers sweep in and nab the book before Chris's trap is sprung, she must join forces with the very criminal she's been hunting. Locksley is a man she finds troublesomely annoying and appealing at the same time - and he harbours his own very personal reasons for retrieving the priceless and incredibly dangerous book.
hile the motivations and the romance between Robin and Chris are somewhat weak, Viehl has created interesting twists in the Robin Hood/Maid Marion/Sheriff of Nottingham myth. She further compensates by beefing up intriguing plot threads that she's seeded throughout her
series. She also drops major revelations regarding Dr. Alexandra Keller's (
If Angels Burn
) five-year quest to find a cure for the Darkyn's curse of immortality. These threads and revelations ultimately set the stage as Viehl takes her mythology into a new direction.
, the first book in her spin off series focussing on the
- warriors genetically engineered by the
, (the Darkyn's arch nemeses) - hits the shelves in November.
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